Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

Modernity and Its Discontents: Making and Unmaking the Bourgeois from Machiavelli to Bellow

By: Steven B. Smith (author)Hardback

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Steven B. Smith examines the concept of modernity, not as the end product of historical developments but as a state of mind. He explores modernism as a source of both pride and anxiety, suggesting that its most distinctive characteristics are the self-criticisms and doubts that accompany social and political progress. Providing profiles of the modern project's most powerful defenders and critics-from Machiavelli and Spinoza to Saul Bellow and Isaiah Berlin-this provocative work of philosophy and political science offers a novel perspective on what it means to be modern and why discontent and sometimes radical rejection are its inevitable by-products.

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Steven B. Smith is Alfred Cowles Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at Yale University.

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  • ISBN13: 9780300198393
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 416
  • ID: 9780300198393
  • weight: 726
  • ISBN10: 0300198396

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